THE FIRST CHURCH MEETING WAS HELD IN 1966: Pastor E.L. Johnson organized Temple Baptist Church on November 26, 1966 at 7:30pm. The first meeting was held at Mrs. Maxine Bryant’s home, 1828 Kirkwood Boulevard Davenport, IA.
REV E.L. JOHNSON WAS APPOINTED PASTOR OF TEMPLE: Prior to organizing Temple, Pastor Johnson was the pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Davenport. When faced with the decision of relocating to another area, he decided to remain in the Quad Cities. Pastor Johnson conferred with Pastor R.A. Allen of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Moline, IL. Pastor Allen then consulted with the Baptist Pastor’s Council, which in turn conferred with Pastor Johnson about becoming a Baptist pastor. Healing is the process that a preacher of another faith undergoes in order to become a preacher in the Baptist faith. After Pastor Johnson was healed at Tabernacle Baptist Church, under Pastor Allen, Rev. Johnson became a Baptist preacher. After being healed, Rev. Johnson organized Temple by diligently recruiting members from the ranks of individuals who were not members of other churches. After organizing the church, the members appointed Rev. Johnson as their Pastor.
THE CHURCH BEGAN WITH SEVEN CHARTER MEMBERS: The seven charter members were Earline Johnson (first Church Clerk); J.D. Ross (first Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent); Michael Payton; Mrs. Ella Mae Johnson (the founder’s wife and Temple’s First Lady); Charlene Harper (first Pianist); Maxine Bryant (first Usher); Isaac Davis (first Trustee); Rev. Louis C. Chatman (first Assistant Pastor); and Mother Donnie Chatman and Mother Marie Huggins (first Church Mothers).
TEMPLE BAPTIST CHURCH WAS NAMED BY A MEMBER OF OUR MOTHER CHURCH: Mrs. Thelma Ross, a member of our Mother Church, Tabernacle Baptist, Moline, IL conceived the name Temple Baptist Church.
THE FIRST WORSHIP SERVICE WAS HELD IN 1969: Twenty-five people attended the first worship service at the Lend-A-Hand Club, River Drive and Main Streets, Davenport, IA. Only one service was held there. After Pastor Johnson received a call about an available building at 522 Marquette St, Temple held services at that site for four years. Also during that time, in 1969, Minnie Lee Smith organized the Junior Usher Board (the Tom-Toms), comprised of children 5-7 years old.
IN 1971 TEMPLE WAS RELOCATED TO 1008 W 6th ST: After another relocation, TBC conducted the first service at 1008 West 6th Street, Davenport, IA on March 28, 1971. During that year, under Deacon C.W. Walker’s supervision, the men of Temple worked to beautify the building and grounds.
AT THAT TIME, TEMPLE ORDAINED EIGHT DEACONS AND FOUR MINISTERS , AND THE JR USHER BOARD ELECTED ITS FIRST OFFICERS: Eight Deacons were ordained: J.D. Ross, John Bryant, Michael Payton, Lemmie Jackson, Willie Williams, Arthur Young, Melvin Martin and J.C. Hester. Four Ministers were ordained: Johnnie Mills, Zeddie McDowell, Arthur Brown, and Arthur Young. Also in 1971 the Junior Usher Board elected its First Officers. The first President was Darlene Walker and the first Vice
ON APRIL 14, 1972, THE BELOVED FOUNDER OF TEMPLE, PASTOR E.L. JOHNSON, WENT FROM LABOR TO REST.
ON DECEMBER 3, 1972 REVEREND B.J. FAISON WAS INSTALLED AS THE SECOND PASTOR OF TEMPLE: On December 3, 1972 Reverend B.J. Faison was installed as the second Pastor and Sister Wanda McKinney Faison became the First Lady of TBC. Pastor Faison served as Temple’s Pastor with loving dedication for eleven years.
UNDER PASTOR FAISON MANY DIRECTIVES AND AFFILIATIONS WERE ESTABLISHED: Under the leadership of Pastor Faison, the Church Constitution was instituted. Under his direction, affiliations were established with the Eastern District Convention, the State and National Sunday School, B.T.U. Congress and the National Baptist Convention.
ON FEBRUARY 8, 1983 PASTOR FAISON RETIRED FROM TEMPLE: After battling an extended illness, Pastor Faison retired on February 8, 1983. Temple appointed Zeddie McDowell Interim Pastor on February 14, 1983. He served faithfully for six months.
ON AUGUST 20, 1983 REVEREND GABRIEL BARBER III WAS INSTALLED AS THE THIRD PASTOR OF TEMPLE: TBC called Reverend Gabriel Barber III as the third Pastor on August 20, 1983.
UNDER PASTOR BARBER’S GUIDANCE THE MUSIC MINISTRY GREW AND A MEMORIAL MISSION GROUP WAS FORMED TO HONOR OUR FIRST CHURCH MOTHER: Under Pastor Barber’s guidance TBC established a Senior Choir and a Male Chorus. Additionally, Pastor Barber reorganized the Senior Mission and Circle into the Donnie Chatman Mission, in memory of our first Church Mother.
IN JUNE 1986, PASTOR BARBER REORGANIZED THE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION BOARD, APPOINTING SIS. DELOIS BURNHAM AS DIRECTOR: Sis. Burnham initiated audio taping of the Services and started numerous youth ministries: Sunshine Band, Red Circle Girls, Caravaner Boys, and Jr. Church Officer’s. She also started a softball team, monthly newsletter, Young Women’s Auxiliary, Church Library and an Inactive Membership Committee. Through Pastor Barber’s encouragement, Temple was blessed with 11 Teacher’s for Sunday School, N.B.C, Mission and Young Women’s Auxiliary.
IN 1987 THE ARRIE MAE HAYNES SCHOLARSHIP FUND WAS FOUNDED: Members of the first Scholarship Fund Committee were Arrie Mae Hanes, Chairperson, Brenda Drew Peeples, Renee Hunt, Pat Allison, Alaie Tyson and Wanda Faison. Subsequently, we named the scholarship the Boss Faison Scholarship Fund.
IN AUGUST 1990, TEMPLE OBTAINED THIER FEDERAL TAXPAYER IDENTIFICATION NUMBER.
IN MARCH 1991 PASTOR BARBER INDUCTED 3 CHURCH MOTHERS: Inducted were one active mother, Mother Delois Burnham and two honorary mothers, Mother Sallie Moore and Mother Ethel Moss.
ON APRIL 15, 1991 PASTOR BARBER LED THE CHURCH TO FILE THIER ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION WITH THE IOWA SECRETARY OF STATE. TEMPLE BAPTIST CHURCH OF DAVENPORT, IOWA BECAME THE OFFICIAL CHURCH NAME: The initial Board of Directors and Incorporators were Dea. Lemmie Jackson, Bro. Herman Smith, Sis. Jeanetta Douglas, Mother Delois Burnham and Pastor Gabriel Barber III.
1991 WAS THE MIRACULOUS YEAR THAT TEMPLE PURCHASED THEIR NEW CHURCH HOME AT 3526 N. BRADY STREET: Guided by Finance Chairman Herman Smith, Temple’s men and women toiled tirelessly to beautify the new Church. Pastor Barber wanted the Church home to reflect the legacies of the former Pastor’s. Therefore, Temple was blessed with the E.L. Johnson Fellowship hall and B.J. Faison Jr. Library.
ON JUNE 16, 1991 at 9:30 am, THE FIRST SERVICE WAS CONDUCTED AT THE BRADY STREET CHURCH: At the time Temple owned two buildings and three lots.
IN NOVEMBER 1992, PASTOR BARBER ORDAINED FIVE DEACONS: Joe Morgan, Walter Lampkin, Anthony Barber, Stanley Jackson, and Marvin Morgan. Additionally, that same year Minister Gary Clark professed calling to the ministry.
FROM 1994-1995 TEMPLE UNDERWENT VARIOUS RENOVATIONS AND EXPERIENCED TREMENDOUS MEMBERSHIP GROWTH: Air conditioning was added to the dining area, and all classrooms and offices. Temple’s C.A.S.I Senior Meal Site grew with Sis. Lee Quila Barber as Director and Sis. Ernestine Craig as Head Cook. Temple’s membership stood at approximately 569 members with 125-150 active participating members. Pastor Barber admitted twenty-two new members, under Christian Experience, and baptized five new members.
IN OCTOBER 1996 TEMPLE WAS BLESSED TO CELEBRATE THE BURNING OF THIER MORTAGE AFTER OCCUPYING THE CHURCH FOR ONLY SIX YEARS.
1996 WAS THE YEAR PASTOR BARBER STRATEGICALLY SHIFTED TEMPLE’S FOCUS FROM ENHANCING THE FACILITIES, TO BUILDING THE PEOPLE FOR THE KINGDOM: Temple purchased a 15 passenger van with a vision of initiating an Outreach Bus Ministry to suburban and inter-city youth and senior citizens. Our scholarship retained in the name of Temple’s former Pastor was renamed the Brenda Craig Martinez Scholarship Fund after the tragic death of one of our beloved members, Sis. Brenda Martinez. The library was then named the Boss Faison Library. Pastor Barber baptized twelve candidates and took in twenty-three members on Christian Experience. His leadership focused on providing comprehensive Christian Educational programming for the entire congregation. Bros. James Marshall, Joe Brooks and Bobby Ray replaced the ceiling tiles, and painted the Church’s entire upstairs and lower level. The old steeple was replaced and Dea. Anthony Barber installed accent lighting in the new one. Pastor Barber appointed Min. Dwayne Nunnally, Min. Phillip Grant and Dea. Mike Martinez.
IN MAY 1997 WITH MUCH PRAYER AND DEVOTION, TEMPLE TRANSFORMED A DREAM INTO REALITY WHEN THE KITCHEN WAS REMODELED ACCORDING TO COMMERCIAL STANDARDS: In addition to new cabinets and appliances being installed, the renovations included the purchase of new dining room furniture, and two new furnaces. Both bathrooms were finished and modified for wheelchair accessibility. Additionally, the lower level was remodeled to create three new rooms. One for tutoring, another for computer education and a third classroom to accommodate our growing Sunday School. A twenty-five foot security light was installed to illuminate the entire parking area. Temple presented Teen and Adult Workshops, instituted a Saturday morning discipleship class, taught by Pastor Barber. A Wednesday evening Bible Class taught by Minister’s Gary Clark and Lawrence Anderson was created. Mother Delois Burnham continued to teach a Monday evening New Members Orientation Class. Temple also started a Men’s Fellowship Group and Praise Team.
IN 2002, PASTOR BARBER RETIRED AS MODERATOR FROM THE EASTERN DISTRICT, AND TEMPLE WAS BLESSED TO PAY OFF ITS SECOND MORTGAGE: The Scholarship Committee increased the gift amount to students attending higher education institutions. These individuals were provided with $600 annually to assist in expenses associated with college costs. The Donnie Chatman Maxine Bryant Mission continued its annual Walk-A-Thon, originally inspired by Sis. Rebecca Whittaker. Continuing with Sis. Whittaker’s inspiration, monies raised were donated to temple members and community service organizations such as the Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation.
ON FEBRUARY 27, 2003, CHURCHES UNITED PRESENTED THEIR ORGANIZATION’S 2002 EVANGELISM WITNESSING AND MINISTRY AWARD TO TEMPLE BAPTIST CHURCH FOR MOTHER DELOIS BURNHAM’S FREE COMMUNITY PRAYER BREAKFAST.
ON APRIL 26, 2003, PASTOR BARBER PRESENTED A PROCLAMATION WHICH CHANGED THE NAME OF THE FREE COMMUNITY PRAYER BREAKFAST TO THE MOTHER DELOIS L. BURNHAM FREE COMMUNITY PRAYER BREAKFAST: The proclamation was unanimously adopted by the prayer breakfast attendees.
DURING 2003, TEMPLE UNDERWENT GENERAL UPKEEP AND MAINTENANCE TO THE BUILDING: Some minor painting projects were completed and ceiling tiles in one of the classrooms. The Trustee Committee appointed its Chairman Jessie Jones, as Head Security. Bro. Jones was responsible for activating Temple’s security features, and was the primary contact if the alarm was activated. Pastor Barber established a Planning Committee to provide direction for Temple programs and after many years of devoted service, Sis. Beatrice Marshall retired as the Joys of Temple Minister of Music. The Joys of Temple Youth Choir was blessed with a new Choir Director, Sis. Dedra Smith and continued in their effort to obtain a new sound system. Sis. Christina Gibbs, Superintendent of Sunday School, reinstated the practice of having the Sunday School Classes orally report their lesson, attendance and offering. Sis. Gibbs also reinstated the position of Sunday School Musical Director and reappointed the original Musical Director, Sis. Michelle Morgan to that position.
IN 2005, MINISTER LAMONT SMITH JOINED TEMPLE: Pastor Barber appointed Min. Smith as Director of Christian Education and Min. Kenneth Proter as teacher of the Adult Sunday School Class. As Director of Christian Education, Min. Smith established numerous new educational programs, and restructured Prayer Meeting, Bible Study and a monthly Leadership Meeting. The Donnie Chatman Maxine Bryant Mission continued its Jail Ministry providing clothing to women transitioning from prison back into the community and workforce.
DURING 2006 TO 2007, THE MISSION BECAME A UNITED WAY SPONSOR: 75 people were assisted with their clothing needs. The Mission also became part of the Godly Restoration Outreach to Women (GROW) Ministry, while continuing to donate to the Relief Center to assist refugees from Africa, Iraq and other countries.
IN OCTOBER 2007, SIS. RASLYN SLEET WAS APPOINTED SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: Under her guidance, unused rooms were cleaned and put to use as classrooms. A Young Adults Class was created for 18-28 year olds, taught by Sis. Michelle Morgan.
ON NOVEMBER 18, 2007 MINISTER LAMONT SMITH WAS ORDAINED AS REVEREND LAMONT SMITH.
ON NOVEMBER 25TH TEMPLE’S CORNERSTONE WAS LAID: The ceremony was held on November 27th.
ON DECEMBER 22, 2007 REV. LAMONT SMITH WAS VOTED IN AS INTERIM PASTOR AND REV. GABRIEL BARBER III WAS VOTED IN AS PASTOR EMERITUS.
ON DECEMBER 30, 2007 PASTOR BARBER PREACHED HIS LAST SERMON AS PASTOR OF TEMPLE: Sis. Ernestine Craig was presented a Mother of Temple Baptist Church Certificate.
IN APRIL 2008, REV. LAMONT SMITH WAS UNANIMOUSLY VOTED IN AS PASTOR OF TEMPLE BAPTIST CHURCH.
ON MARCH 21, 2009 TEMPLE HOSTED ITS 1ST ANNUAL IGNITING THE FLAME SUNDAY SCHOOL RETREAT: This retreat was designed to assist Sunday School leaders in developing a Sunday School that meets the needs of their congregation and provides teachers with a reservoir of techniques to ignite students, leaders and grow the Sunday School Ministry. The appointed Facilitator was Dr. Claudine Farmer-Fleming, Antioch District Congress of Christian Education Missouri Congress President.
DURING 2009 THE CHURCH UNDERWENT SOME ENERGY SAVING AND WEATHERIZATION IMPROVEMENTS: In the first phase, the from double and side doors were replaced. All windows in the classrooms, offices, sanctuary and areas leading to the fellowship hall were replaced. The parking lot was blacktopped, sealed and repainted. The basement repairs included sealing, painting and carpeting.
THIS WAS ALSO THE YEAR TEMPLE’S MISSION OUTREACH PARTICIPATED WITH KINGS HARVEST MINISTRY, LOCAL BATTERED WOMEN SHELTERS & FOREIGN MISSION PROJECTS: Each month, the combined ministry effort hosted a birthday party for youth who are in transition of housing and homes. It is an opportunity for Temple to provide a birthday gift and celebration to children who due to their circumstances may not have the means to celebrate. Several members participate and serve food at the ministry on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Additionally, Temple’s Mission Ministry has contributed gifts to battered women shelters through Iowa’s Missionary Women’s Department and several other Quad City area groups. Temple was excited to share its resources in a combined effort to install a generator in Yola Nigeria. This foreign mission project opportunity was brought to us by Rev. Nolan McCants, Harvest Church Plainfield and the International Kingdom Alliance.
ON JUNE 30, 2010, AFTER THE DEPARTURE OF PASTOR LAMONT SMITH, PASTOR EMERITUS GABRIEL BARBER III, RETURNED AS TEMPLE’S INTERIM PASTOR: Pastor Barber continued to serve through a twenty three week Pastoral Search. The Pastoral Committee: Dea. Anthony Barber, Dea. Johnella Morgan, Mother Wanda Faison, Sis Nancy Gustavis, Sis Shirley McLemore, and Sis Christina Gibbs worked tirelessly to bring to the body of Christ qualified candidates for consideration.
ON DECEMBER 16, 2011 AT 8:36 PM, AFTER RECEIVING A MAJORITY VOTE, A CALL WAS MADE TO REV. BENNY L. POWELL, BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DEACON BOARD, DEA. ANTHONY BARBER.
ON JANUARY 1, 2012 PASTOR POWELL OFFICIALLY ASSUMED HIS DUTIES, PROCLAIMING THIS “THE YEAR OF REUNIFICATION”. THE KEY VERSE BECAME ACTS 5:42 ESV ”AND EVERY DAY IN THE TEMPLE AND FROM HOUSE TO HOUSE, THEY DID NOT CEASE TEACHING AND PREACHING JESUS AS THE CHRIST”.
ON FEBRUARY 19, 2012 INSTALLATION SERVICES WERE HELD DURING MORNING SERVICE: Since Pastor Powell’s arrival he has taken in thirteen members under Christian Experience, eleven as Candidates for Baptism and six for Baptism. The Steering Committee was created at the behest of Pastor Powell. With his guidance, the Temple Baptist Church logo was redesigned and the Church Mantra “The Church on the Hill Where Lives are being Changed”.
ON SEPTEMBER 16, 2012 DARRELL GREEN, ANTHONY JILES AND WILLIAM C.B. HARRISON WERE OBSERVED, TESTED, ORDAINED AND INSTALLED AS DEACONS OF TEMPLE BAPTIST CHURCH.
…UNDER CONSTRUCTION (to be continued)